A Broken Hallelujah

200px-C_triad_svgLeonard Cohen’s popular song, “Hallelujah”, featured in the movie Shrek and has been covered many times. It speaks of King David composing his song of praise, but mentions him playing a ‘chord’ that pleased the Lord. A chord is often played with three notes, where these may be repeated in higher or lower octaves. I like to think of our lives being like a chord that pleases God, too, when all three dimensions of our being – body, soul and spirit – are applied to serving Him.

It’s pretty hard to imagine how someone can really bring a perfect “Hallelujah” if their spirit has not been regenerated. We need to be aligned to God’s will to really engage in this “three-dimensional worship” and to mend what Cohen calls a “broken Hallelujah.”

As a musician, I have demonstrated this by playing a D9 chord – using a D, E and A – which can sound more melodic than if I just play one or two of the notes. It sounds even better if it is played up and down over several octaves, but there is ultimately something missing.

The depth of musicality that turns a chord into the basis of a rich expressive song comes as bass notes are added in. I can play the same notes with many different variations – D, F#, G, A, B – and the resulting richness sounds infinitely better than playing a mere chord without them.

So, too with our lives. When God is not permitted to provide our depth of expression and a song to our life, we may not even realise what is missing. When we experience a relationship with Him, by being bridged back to the Father through accepting Christ as Saviour and following Him as the Lord of our life, we are never the same again.

God Himself becomes the remedy to the “cold and broken Hallelujah” that many seem content to offer with lives that are born to thirst for so much more.


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